Verizon Continues to Dramatically Raise Broadband Upload Speeds in FiOS Internet Service Areas

NEW YORK - Millions of consumers now can take advantage of ultra-fast Verizon FiOS Internet upload speeds that blow cable away.

Starting today, Verizon is offering its high-speed symmetrical FiOS Internet services to consumers in 16 states served by its advanced, all-fiber-optic network.  The symmetrical services make possible equally fast downstream and upstream connections of up to 15 megabits per second (Mbps) or up to 20 Mbps depending on the state where the service is sold.

At the same time, Verizon also has dramatically increased the upload speed of its fastest FiOS Internet services across its FiOS Internet service areas.  These new services offer consumers downstream/upstream connections of either up to 50 Mbps/20 Mbps or up to 30 Mbps/15 Mbps depending on the state where the service is sold.

"Millions of households no longer have to settle for cable upload speeds that can't deliver the most interactive online experiences," said Susan Retta, vice president, broadband solutions for Verizon.  "With FiOS you can choose ultra-fast uploading that makes sending information as quick and easy as receiving it. 

"By introducing these new services where we sell FiOS, Verizon now offers the fastest broadband upload speeds to the most consumers in America," Retta said.  "This is just another example of the power that Verizon delivers with fiber-optics straight into customers' homes."

Groundbreaking Consumer Symmetrical Services Expand to 16 FiOS States

On Oct. 23, Verizon introduced a unique, new, symmetrical Verizon FiOS Internet service for consumers, featuring an upload and download speed of up to 20 Mbps.  The service was first available to customers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.  Today Verizon is launching similar symmetrical FiOS services in the 13 other states served by its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network.

In Florida, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Verizon now offers the option of a FiOS Internet service with downstream and upstream connections of up to 20 Mbps. In California, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Washington, the company has added a new FiOS Internet service with downstream and upstream connections of up to 15 Mbps. 

The new symmetrical services are available for as low as $64.99 a month with an annual service plan.  Because consumers with ever-growing collections of photos, music, video and other data want to quickly and easily store and protect their files, the symmetrical FiOS services include a comprehensive Internet security suite plus one GB (gigabyte) of network-based backup, both at no additional charge.   Customers who subscribe to the new Internet service can upgrade their backup to as much as 50 GB at competitive rates.  

"The system-wide introduction of symmetric FiOS Internet broadband service is a bold strategic move that Verizon's cable competitors simply cannot match," said Michael Cai, director of broadband and gaming research for the market research firm Parks Associates.  "With four distinct and diverse tiers of service, FiOS Internet is a step above all competing services - offering Verizon customers the unique ability to tailor their broadband access to their personal requirements with maximum speed and value."

Fastest FiOS Internet Services Get Faster Uploads

In Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island, Verizon is quadrupling the upstream connection speed of its highest-speed FiOS Internet service from five Mbps to up to 20 Mbps (megabits per second).  The downstream connection speed of this service is up to 50 Mbps. 

In California, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Washington, Verizon is tripling the upstream connection speed of its highest-speed FiOS Internet offering from five Mbps to up to 15 Mbps. The downstream connection speed of this service is up to 30 Mbps.  

Pricing for these new services varies by market and ranges from $89.95 to $139.95 a month with an annual contract. Existing customers can call Verizon to subscribe to the new offering.

Faster uploads mean FiOS Internet customers can more quickly and easily share family photos and videos, upload large files, post content to social networking sites and more.  The equally fast upload and download speed of the new symmetrical FiOS services also enhances interactive online activities like video conferencing, online multi-player gaming, telemedicine, electronic home monitoring, and online work collaboration. 

New customers can find more information on pricing and availability by calling
1-888-GET-FiOS (1-888-438-3467) or visiting http://www.verizon.com/fios.

About Verizon FiOS Services and the Verizon FTTP Network

Consumers give Verizon FiOS Internet top ratings for overall satisfaction and value.  Readers of PC World and Computerworld magazines have recently ranked FiOS Internet No. 1, with top scores across the board in overall satisfaction, connection reliability, download and upload speeds, customer service, and technical support. 

FiOS Internet was named to the top five of PC World Magazine's 100 Best Products of 2007 - a roster of what the magazine called "the finest products and services of the past 12 months," selected "based on exemplary design, features, performance and innovation."  Additionally, Verizon is the only major telecom company whose network has earned the certification of the independent Fiber to the Home Council for providing fiber all the way to customers' homes.

At the end of the September 2007, Verizon had passed about 8.5 million homes and businesses in 16 states with its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network.  The company expects to pass some 3 million premises annually with the FTTP network through 2010, when the network is expected to pass more than half the homes Verizon serves. 

Verizon offers FiOS Internet service in more than 2,000 communities and currently has more than 1.3 million FiOS Internet customers.  Verizon's FiOS TV service is available to more than 4.7 million premises in 12 states, and the company has more than 717,000 FiOS TV customers.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving 63.7 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon has a diverse workforce of nearly 238,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.